Calendar of Events


Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Anderson, MO: 8 am-noon, Saturday, Hwy 71. 417.223.8888.

Grove, OK: 8 am-2 pm, Wednesday and Saturday, downtown.

Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Wednesday and Saturday, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Carthage, MO: Wednesday and Saturday from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: 3-6 pm Wednesday, 8 am-1 pm Saturday, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10 am-3 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance. 417.347.5646.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturday; Tuesday TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.

Nevada, MO: Saturday 8 am-12 pm, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Webb City, MO: Tuesday 4-7 pm, Thursday 11 am-2 pm, Saturday 9 am-noon. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Pittsburg, KS & Crawford County, KS

July 3: Hepler Rodeo, 7 pm, Mutton Bustin’ (kids rodeo). 8 pm, rodeo. Dance follows rodeo. Hepler Ruritan Rodeo Arena, 200 West Farlington Street.

July 3, 11, 18, 25: Fishing Jackpot Tournament, Bone Creek Lake. 6 pm. 499 East Baker Street, Arcadia (Rocky Point boat ramp).

July 6: Open Mic Night, 6 pm. Bender on 7, 820 South Summit Street, Girard. Listen to local artists.

July 6: Free Music Night, Stone Country. 6 pm. McCune Farm to Market, 604 Hickory Street, McCune. Listen to local artists.

July 6: XWE Wrestling, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino. Premier professional wrestling. Tickets at or 620.240.4400.

July 12: Live Music On The Lake, Dan Duling & Shana Lynette. 6 pm. Crawford State Park, 1 West Lake Road, Farlington.

July 12: 38 Special, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino. Tickets: or 620.240.4400.

July 19-20: Craft Fair, all day. Benefits Girard History Museum. Downtown Girard.

July 19-20: Little Blue Books Festival. The 100th celebration of the famous book series published in Girard by Haldeman-Julius. Events held throughout Girard, including the Girard History Museum, 300 South Summit Street.

July 19: Live Music On The Lake: Jason Richison and Kinley Rice, 6 pm, Crawford State Park, 1 West Lake Road, Farlington.

July 20: Scott VanBecelaere Memorial Dice Run, 9 am, Pittsburg American Legion. Rides to Columbus VFW, Cherokee American Legion, Girard American Legion and ends at Jimmy B’s in Pittsburg.

July 20: Open Mic Night, 6 pm, Bender on 7, 820 South Summit Street, Girard. Listen to local artists.

July 20: Scotty V Benefit Concert, Out Loud performs, 7 pm, Jimmy B’s, 202 North Locust Street, Pittsburg. Free for Dice Run riders, $10 at gate for everyone else.

July 26: Live Music On The Lake: Todd East, 6 pm, Crawford State Park, 1 West Lake Road, Farlington.

July 28: Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum, 651 U.S. 69, Pittsburg.

July 28: Easy & Best Beer Breads class, 3 pm, McCune Farm to Market, 604 Hickory Street, McCune. RSVP: 620.404.9710.

July 31: Crawford County Fair, 7 pm, Crawford County Fairgrounds at 100 South 106th Street, Girard. 4-H Dairy Cattle Show, followed by 4-H Dairy Goat Show. 7:30 pm rodeo.

Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

July 11: City of Pittsburg Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm, appointment only. Please call Jenna Spencer at 620.231.7827 for appointment.

July 18–21: PCT Presents Disney’s Broadway Musical NEWSIES. Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899 and nominated for eight Tony Awards. The score features songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), and the story is appropriate for the entire family. Adults $12, seniors/children 13 & under $10, general admissions balcony $8. Visit for tickets or at the box office or call 620.231.7827.

July 25: Just Off Broadway Musical Theatre Camp Auditions Lion King Jr. 5:30 pm. Must be pre-registered for camp. Fee: $100 per child. Class size is limited to 30 girls and 20 boys. Workshop dates: July 31-Aug. 2: Music, Movement and Costumes, 9 am-6 pm. Aug. 5-9: Rehearsal, 5:30-9 pm. Aug. 10: Rehearsal, 9 am-6 pm. Aug. 11: Rehearsal, 1-6 pm. Aug. 12-16: Rehearsal, 5:30-9 pm. Aug. 17: Dress rehearsal, 9 am-noon. Performance dates: Aug. 17: Show times 2 and 7 pm and Aug. 18: Show time 2 pm. For more information or to sign up, call 620.231.7827 or visit

July 29 & 30: PCT’s Auditions for FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, 7 pm. Join us for a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club — a tribute by comic playwright Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Tickets on sale now at or at the box office, 620.231.7827. Tickets: Adults $12, seniors/children 13 & under $10, general admission balcony $8. Show dates are Sept. 27-29.

Carl Junction, MO

July 6: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Full breakfast, $6/adult.

July 9: Second Tuesday on Main Street, 5:30-8:30 pm. Enjoy local food trucks, music, vendors and entertainment at this kid-friendly, family-oriented free event on 100-200 blocks of south Main in Carl Junction.

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit

July 6 & 7: Encouraging The Next Generation, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend and mentor to many Tuskegee Institute students and other young people who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors will learn of the treasured relationships and about a group of young men often referred to as “Carver’s Boys.”

July 13: Carver Day, 10 am-3 pm. Celebrate the 76th anniversary of George Washington Carver National Monument on this fun-filled Saturday. Guest speakers include Tuskegee archivist Dana Chandler, re-enactor Paxton Williams and historian Lucy Phelps Hamilton. There will also be musical groups, a junior ranger station, exhibitors and much more.

July 20 & 21: Neosho Historic Schoolhouse Program, 11 am. Join a park ranger for a special offsite program at 639 Young Street n Neosho, MO. This is the location of what was historically known as the Neosho Colored School that G. W. Carver attended in 1876. Learn about Carver’s time in Neosho and the struggle for an education during that time.

July 24:.Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

July 27 & 28: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this discussion exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments af African Americans.

July 30 & 31: Teacher Professional Development Opportunity: Teaching the Reconstruction Era, 8:30 am–3:30pm, free, join Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit specializing in educational and professional development, and learn about the Reconstruction Era. Upon completion of the workshop, be accepted into Facing History’s educator network, providing teachers access to books and DVDs through their online lending library. Teachers must attend both days. Registration required. Visit More information: Randall Becker,, 417.325.4151.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

July 5: First Wine Share, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. Bring a bottle of wine or craft beer to share. Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge to attend WineShare, 21 years of age. 417.501.9649.

July 18: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm on Main Street in downtown Joplin. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Call 417.501.9649.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO

All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

July 10 & 13: Preschool Nature Connections: Fabulous Fireflies, free (ages 3-6). July 10th, 1-2 pm or July 13th, 10-11 am, take a little hike with us and find nature’s summer night lights. Learn what makes a firefly special. Kids will also enjoy a short story and a craft.

July 13: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15-11:45 am, Wildcat Glades Park Pavilion, 201 E. Riviera Dr. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring yoga mat or towel and a reusable water bottle.

July 18: Build a Sea-Worthy Shoebox Boat at Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm. Visit our tent on Third Thursday (downtown Joplin), to learn the basics for building a shoebox boat to float in your own pool/bathtub or race at the Shoal Creek Water Festival August 10. Expert builders will be on hand to help kids ages 3 to 12. An adult must be present during the construction. Kids may sign up for the official Shoebox Boat Race during this event. For more information, visit our Facebook page.  

July 30: Nature Explorers: Take a Hike with a Junior Naturalist, 10-11 am, Wildcat Glades Pavilion. For ages 7-12. See nature through the eyes of a junior naturalist. Young conservationists will walk you through a guided hike about Missouri’s marsupials, the buzz on pollination and the talk of the trees in Wildcat Park. Wear walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Registration is required. See our Facebook Event for more information.

Neosho, MO

July 10-13: 52nd Annual Newton County Fair, Roy Jean Memorial Fairgrounds at the Crowder Complex. Free except carnival rides. Nightly entertainment, daily livestock show, food trucks, pig scramble, indoor vending building. Call 417.624.0415.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

July 1: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Webb City, MO

July 13: Route 66 Cruise A Palooza Night, 4-8 pm, King Jack Park. Summer festival, Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza Car & Bike Show, dash plaques to the first 100! Fee event open to everyone! Double the trophies and prizes! Registration at 4 pm. Food trucks, carnival rides and Big Smitty will take the stage at 7 pm. Call 417.673.1154.

July 13: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm. Downtown Webb City. X-Treme Powersports and the Webb City Chamber present Route 66 Cruise Night. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

July 13: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God, two miles east of Grove on south side of highway. Performing: Trevor Thomas Ministries. Call 417.775.4121.




Independence Day Celebrations

Pittsburg, KS & Crawford County, KS

July 2: Crawford State Park Independence Day Celebration. Includes live music and fireworks display seen from the lake’s beach. At Crawford State Park, 1 West Lake Road, Farlington.

July 4: Pittsburg Independence Day Celebration. Craft fair, food vendors, etc., throughout the day; fireworks at dusk, at Lincoln Park, 800 Memorial Drive.

Girard, KS

July 1: Smokin’ Hot Independence Day Celebration. Live music and fireworks. 6 pm start at Crawford County Fairgrounds, 100 South 106th Street, Girard.

Mulberry, KS

July 3: Mulberry Independence Day Celebration. Includes small-town fireworks display. At Mulberry City Park, 900 North Military Avenue, Mulberry.

Carl Junction, MO

July 4: Carl Junction 4th of July Parade, 10 am-4 pm. This year’s parade features new categories for floats, cars, trucks and horses with a $100 first prize in those categories. Call Dixie for more information at 417.825.7626.

Carthage, MO

July 4: Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, 4-11 pm, Carthage Municipal Park. Call 417.359.8181.

Granby, MO

July 5, 6 & 7: Old Mining Town Days. Three-day festival, carnival, food vendors, kids’ games, live bands and more! Fireworks finale.

Joplin, MO

June 20-July 4: Black Market Fireworks retail fireworks sales at 9 area locations (four indoor air-conditioned locations and six tent locations throughout the Southwest Missouri region.  Also wholesaling fireworks throughout the rest of the year.

July 4: Freedom 321 Race, 8-10 am, Twelveone Group, 3501 E. 3rd St. Three-mile, two-mile and one-mile race to start your July 4th celebrations! Celebrating everything American, we’re running miles, not kilometers, in celebration of Independence Day. #runmilesnotkilometers. Call 417.434.0862.

July 4: Independence Day Celebration, 7 pm, Hughes Stadium at Missouri Southern State University. Food trucks, live music, bounce houses, fireworks. Call 866.818.6788.

Neosho, MO

June 29: Celebrate Neosho, 9 am, day-long festivities on and around the historic downtown Neosho courthouse square and Morse Park. Activities include live music, food trucks, carnival games, military and emergency services exhibit. Call 417.451.8050.

Monett, MO

July 4: Monett Freedom and Fireworks, 9:30 pm, Monett South Park. Fireworks, live music, carnival rides and more!

Seneca, MO

July 6: Freedom Festival 2019, 8 am. Fun Run for Freedom, pancake race, freedom parade, kids’ games and more. Fireworks at the Seneca School Farm, intersection of U and Bethel at 9:45 pm. Call 417.776.2100 or visit www.senecamocham.

Webb City, MO

July 1-4: Military Fireworks P.O.M. Fundraiser, Webb City, Mo. Fireworks Stand.

Grove, OK

July 4: Arts, Crafts, Music and Cajun Festival, Grove Civic Center. Booths of artisans and craftsmen, Cajun food and Cajun music, headliner entertainment. Call 918.786.8896.

July 4-7: 4th of July Summer Fun for Kids, 10 am-1 pm and 3 pm. Visit the Nature Center, where they take the fun of outdoors and shake it up!

July 6: Red, White & Blue Independence Day Celebration. Celebrate Independence Day at Har-Ber Village by playing patriotic games, creating chalk art and making a mosaic flag design, included with admission! Adults $10; seniors $7.50; ages 6-13 $5; under 6 and members free.


Cultural Events


Carthage, MO

Through July 28: Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, ArtCentral @Hyde House, 1110 E. Thirteenth St. Gallery hours during exhibitionsFridays & Saturdays, 12-5 pm; Sundays, 1-5 pm; all other days, call 417.358.4404 to schedule a visit.

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


July 24-July 28: Joplin Little Theatre, Lost in Yonkers, 7:30 pm, and Sunday 2:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. A 16-year old boy lives with his grandmother and helps raise his younger brother Arty. Although surrounded by extended family, they are a dysfunctional bunch, providing little support for the boys. Call 417.623.3638.

July 27: Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series, 6-11 pm, Wilder’s Event Center, 1208 S. Main St. This final installment will feature soulful jazz and blues performers like The Bel Airs, Annie and the Fur Trappers, Brick Fields, and Justin Cauble. 21+ event. General admission: $15. Contact


July 1: Artist Talk with Benjamin Cirgin, 2-3 pm, MSSU, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. Listen to skilled artist Benjamin Cirgin discuss the sculptures featured in his exhibit. More information:, 417.625.9563.

July 1: Opening Reception for sample forms of compensation, 3-4 pm, MSSU, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. Admire the works featured in Benjamin Cirgin’s exhibit, sample forms of compensation. Benjamin Cirgin is an assistant professor and ceramics area head at Eastern Kentucky University. More information:, 417.625.9563.

July 7, 14, 21 & 28: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, (sign-up 7 pm), Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Free. More information:, 417.540.9186.

July 4: 1st Thursday Art Walk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale. Call 417.438.5931.

July 5: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. 21+. Call 417.501.9649.

July 16: MSSU’s Sigma Tau Delta: Summer Book Club, 6 pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Grab a copy of the dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and join for coffee and discussion! More information:

July 18: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Call 417.501.9649.

July 27: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café, 705 Illinois Ave. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Coffee Hours offers JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. Email:


July 1-August 2: sample forms of compensation by Benjamin Cirgin, MSSU, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. Artist Talk: Monday, July 1, 2-3 pm. Reception: July 1, 3-4 pm. Benjamin Cirgin is an assistant professor and ceramics area head at Eastern Kentucky University. More information:, 417.625.9563.

Through July 31: Route 66-Hubble Exhibit at Joplin Public Library. More information:, 417.623.7953, x.1041.

Through August 31: Remembering D-Day: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum, 504 S Schifferdecker Ave. One of the most amazing events in history is the 1944 landing on the beaches of Normandy. Admission $3. More information:, 417.623.1180.

Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street

July 2: Chat N Craft, 5:30-8 pm. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Call 417.623.7953,

July 11: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm. The Writers’ Guild includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

July 13: Game Night, 3-4 pm. A fun afternoon of all-ages board games! More information:, 417.623.2184.

July 22: Book Signing: Edwin Hubble Story, 10-11 am. Meet local history detectives and authors William and Doris Martin at a book signing for their book entitled “Dreams and Adventures.” Books will be available for sale at this event; cash only. More information:, 417.623.7953, x. 1041.

July 25: Shoal Creek (Wildcat Glades), 2 pm. Join Shoal Creek Conservation Center to learn about some interesting animals native to Missouri! More information:, 417.623.2184.

July 27: Ending Celebration with Tommy Terrific, 10 am-noon. Program features magic tricks representing the exploration of space. Join before and after for Chick-Fil-A ice cream, popcorn, games and face painting from Cheeky Fun! (Cheeky Fun: 10-11:30 am). More information:, 417.623.2184.

July 30: Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, 6-7:30 pm. Connect2Culture hosts the fourth annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview. This event gives arts and cultural organizations the chance to tell their story and share what they have planned for the year ahead. Organization registration can be made by emailing or calling 417.625.6683. Registration deadline: July 1.

Through July 31: 2019 Summer Reading Art Challenge. Each year, participants are encouraged to create artwork based on Missouri’s state-wide theme for summer reading. This year’s theme is space. Submitted pieces will be displayed in an exhibit during August and September. Submissions are due by July 31. Participation is all-ages, open to the public, and a library card is not necessary. Entry forms and art boards are available for pick up at all public service desks. Free. More information:, 417.623.7953, x. 1041.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4-4:45 pm. This program encourages independent readers in grades K-5 to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30 am, 10:45 am & 4 pm. This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Suggested age: birth to 2 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30 am. Library staff use this 30-minute story time to share favorite short stories, simple songs and rhymes. Suggested age: 2 to 3 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11 am. Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time, library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets and more. Suggested age: 4 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4 pm. It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested age: 2 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (grades 1-5), 2-3 pm. This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. More information: 417.623.2184.


First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30 pm. For chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday; 9:30 am, 2:30 pm on Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Call 417.623.7953, x.1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2 pm. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.

RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St., at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5-9 pm. RSVPaint is combining the best of both worlds with its Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Cost: $28-$58. More information:

Thursdays & Fridays: 7-9 pm, Saturdays: 10 am-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 7-9 pm, Sundays: 2-4 pm. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Cost: $38-$78. More information:

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.

CLASSES: For more information contact, 417.623.0183.

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.

Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

July 2, 9 16, 23 & 30: Siblings Improv: Summer at Spiva, 7 pm. Drop into a weekly workshop session at Spiva. These no-pressure, loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free of charge, no reservations necessary. Contact or follow @SiblingsImprov.

July 13: Bob Ross Paint-a-Long (ages 15+), 1-3 pm. Create happy little trees as you follow along with the permed painter, Bob Ross. Supplies and easels provided. Cost: $30. More information:, 417.623.0183.

July 20: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (ages 15+), 1-3 pm. Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, with the help of a professional model and instructor Sandra Conrad, you can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $20. More information:, 417.623.0183.

July 27: The Art of Charcoal with Sandra Conrad (ages 15+), 10 am-noon. Discover charcoal techniques that can help transform this messy medium into a refined, artistic tool. Cost: $20. More information:, 417.623.0183.

July 27: Resin Jewelry with Jade Henning (ages 12+), 1-3 pm. Make stunning statement-piece jewelry and learn the basics of resin pouring. Cost: $35. More information:, 417.623.0183.


Through July 27: Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Spanning three generations, four members of the Perry family bring their own unique styles together to create a contemporary exhibit featuring a wide range of mediums. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through July 20: Darral Dishman: The Artist as Mentor at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Mentors often have a powerful effect on artists and the decisions they make regarding their personal styles. Former Missouri Southern State College professor Darral Dishman mentored numerous students during his career. The Artist as Mentor explores the significant impact Dishman had on his students through his and his former students’ work and reflections. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Firehouse Pottery: 112 S. Main St., Joplin, MO

Fridays: Date Night, until 8 pm. Two-for-one studio fees for all couples. Call 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (ages 18+), until 8 pm. Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with free studio fees. Call 417.553.0671.

Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am. Watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835. 

SUMMER CAMPS: A full listing of arts/cultural summer camps available at

artForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway Pittsburg, KS

Call Artforms Gallery at 620.240.0165 to register for any workshop. Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th St., Pittsburg. Payment is due at time of registration.

Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks. You will make three sketchbooks. All materials supplied for you. Ages 12 and above unless accompanied by adult. $30; 25 students.

July 6 & 13: Landscape Oil Painting, 1-4 pm. Learn the basics of painting a landscape in oil. This class is for the beginner or the person who has painted before and wants to learn more. We will be working from photos, either yours or mine. An apron or old clothes are recommended. $45 per session, due at time of registration, $35 per session if you use your own supplies. Ages 16 and older. Class limit: 3 minimum; 6 maximum.

July 20: Let the Wind Blow! Fused Glass Wind Chimes, 1-4 pm. You will use basic glass-cutting skills to design and construct the wind chime, which will be fused and returned to the Gallery. Braided fishing line and a selection of beads will be included for you to complete the project after fusing. Basic glass-cutting skills will be taught. Please do not wear open-toed shoes while working with glass. $50, due at time of registration. Ages 14 and older.

July 24 & 31, August 7 & 14: (and 21 if needed), Beginning Stained Glass, 5:30-8:30 pm. This 16-hour course is for the beginning stained glass art student or for someone who wishes to refresh stained glass skills. All tools, glass and supplies provided by the Gallery and instructor. Protective eyewear required. Regular eyeglasses are sufficient. Please do not wear open-toed shoes when working with glass. Class is limited to 6 participants. $150, payable at time of registration. Ages 16 and older.



Health Events


Galena, KS

July 2: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

July 11: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

July 10: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

July 24: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

July 10: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

July 10 & 24: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance. Offering fresh fruits, vegetables and other products from local farms. 417.347.5646.

July 2: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

July 2: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

July 9: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

July 9: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

July 10: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

Freeman Safe Sitter® Classes, July 9 or 11: 8:30 am-3:30 pm , July 16 or 18: 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Ste. C, 1130 E. 32nd St. This one-day class is for boys and girls, 6th-8th grade, who would like to learn child-care skills, safety skills, life and business skills, first aid and rescue skills. Fee: $40. Pre-registration is required. 417.347.4430.

July 16: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd., back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

July 16: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

July 22: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St.
A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. The meeting topic is Seeing Clearly with Diabetes: Caring for Your Eyes with Diabetes. Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings available. 417.347.5700.

July 22: Freeman Living with Type 1 Diabetes Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A time to share, meet others and support those with Type 1 Diabetes. The meeting topic is Brush Up on Carb Counting for Dosing Insulin. Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings available. 417.347.5700.

July 23: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 1W-4W. Roll up your sleeve and help someone in need! Donors will receive a free t-shirt. 417.347.4603.

July 23: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

July 26: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

Freeman Auxiliary

Freeman Auxiliary Ultimate Fundraiser

July 9: 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Business Center, Conference Rooms 1-3
July 11: 7 am-5 pm, Freeman West, Conference Rooms 1W-4W
July 12: 7 am-3 pm, Freeman West, Conference Rooms 1W-4W

Shop athletic footwear, NFL products, handbags, workout wear and more. Name-brand products include Nike®, Coach®, Steve Madden® and Calvin Klein®.

Mercy Hospital – other

July 11: Weight Loss Seminar occurs the first Thursday from 6-7 pm. Location: Mercy Conference Center. Seminars are free, but attendees must register at For more information, or to register, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, second floor. For more information, call Brittany Bearden at 417.556.8760.

July 8: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

July 10: Cancer Caregiver Support Group for Women meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

July 10: Cancer Survivor Support Group for Men meets the second Wednesday from 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

July 15: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8420 or email

July 23: Lung Disease Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231.

July 23: Diabetes Support Group – Carthage meets the fourth Tuesday, 4-5 pm at Carthage Water & Electric, 627 W. Centennial. For more information, call Debbie Herbst at 417.359.1359.

July 24: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

July 24: Diabetes Support Group – Joplin, noon-1 pm, Community Clinic of Joplin, 701 S. Joplin Ave. For more information, call 417.556.6487.

July 24: Cancer Survivor Support Group for women meets the fourth Wednesday, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

July 22: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

July 10: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

July 16 & 18: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

July 17: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

July 20: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

July 23: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

July 9 & 23: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

July 11: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

July 11: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

July 2: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.